On This Day in Film & TV for October 31

Events in Film & TV

  • 1949 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1954 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Music release#1 in the Charts

1964 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1967 KIMO TV channel 13 in Anchorage, AK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1981 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault

Rap Musician and Actor Tupac Shakur
Rap Musician and Actor
Tupac Shakur

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1896 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennslyvania (d. 1977)
  • 1902 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Thomas Hill, Canadian actor
  • 1922 Barbara Bel Geddes, actress (Vertigo, Miss Ellie-Dallas, Caught), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1922 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (1941-55 and 1993-2004), head of state, independence campaigner and film producer, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (d. 2012)

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • 1922 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor, born in Vyazma, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1925 Lee Grant [Lyova Haskell Rosenthal], American actress (Shampoo, Mulholland Drive), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist (Judy Splinters), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1928 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), born in Borgo Santa Lucia, Naples, Italy (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Daniel "Dan" Rather, American news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1934 Norman Beaton, Guyanese actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Michael Landon, actor (Bonanza, Highway to Heaven), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1939 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside, England
  • 1942 David Ogden Stiers, American actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1944 Sally Kirkland, American actress (Anna, Sting, Pvt Benjamin, Big Bad Mama), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Brian Doyle-Murray, American comedian and actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 Stephen Rea, Irish film and stage actor (Crying Game, Michael Collins), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1946 Norman Lovett, English stand-up comedian and actor (Red Dwarf), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 1947 Deidre Hall, American actress (Days of our Lives, Our House), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1950 Jane Pauley, American newscaster (Today, NBC Weekend), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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1950 John Candy, Canadian actor and comedian (SCTV, Uncle Buck), born in Newmarket, Ontario (d. 1994)

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • 1953 Michael J. Anderson, American actor (The Man from Another Place), born in Denver, Coloroda
  • 1957 Brian Stokes Mitchell, American singer and actor, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1960 Arnaud Desplechin, French film director and screenwriter, born in Roubaix, France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1961 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • 1963 Dermot Mulroney, American actor (Samantha, Sunset, Long Gone), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1963 Rob Schneider, American actor (Saturday Night Live, Jamie Coleman-Men Behaving Badly), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Amanda Sandrelli, actress (The Key), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1964 The Boogeyman [Marty Wright], American professional wrestler, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Rob Rackstraw, British voice actor, born in Sunderland, England
  • 1966 Koji Kanemoto, Japanese wrestler (NJPW/AAA/UWA, Tiger Mask, King Lee), born in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966 Mike O'Malley, American actor (The Mike O'Malley Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1967 Vanilla Ice, American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice), born in Miami, Florida

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Rapper
Vanilla Ice
  • 1970 Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Piper Perabo, American actress (Covert Affairs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1978 Zachary Knighton, American actor (Happy Endings), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1980 Eddie Kaye Thomas, American actor (American Pie, American Wedding), born in NYC, New York
  • 1980 Samaire Armstrong, American actress (It's A Boy Girl Thing), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1982 Justin Chatwin, Canadian actor (War of the Worlds), born in Nanaimo, Canada
  • 1983 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2007)
  • 1986 Christie Hayes, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in North Nowra, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1990 James Charles Lewis aka Lil' JJ, American actor and singer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1991 Jordan-Claire Green, American actress (School of Rock), born in Terceira Island, Portugal
  • 2000 Willow Smith, American actress, singer and dancer, born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

1968 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1925 Max Linder, French actor, comic and director (Seven Years Bad Luck, Max Prend un Bain), commits suicide at 41
  • 1945 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • 1963 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • 1965 Rita Johnson, actress (All Mine to Give), dies at 53
  • 1968 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), is murdered at 69
  • 1975 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda), dies at 78
  • 1976 Linda Watkins, actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68
  • 1977 Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero), dies at 56
  • 1985 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1988 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 1991 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), dies of cancer at 97
  • 1991 Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies
  • 1991 Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 Federico Fellini, director (La Dolce Vita), dies of stroke at 73

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 River Phoenix, actor (Stand By Me), dies of drug overdose at 23

  • 1994 Jole Silvani, [Niobe Quaiatti], Italian actress (La citta' Delle), dies
  • 1995 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Emma-Go Tell It on the Mountain), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2000 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (b. 1916)
  • 2005 Mary Wimbush, English actress (b. 1924)
  • 2012 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2012 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, dies from health complications at 83
  • 2016 Tammy Grimes, American stage actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 82